Sunday, February 23, 2014

Canvas-back Duck....

Today I finally got out of the house for a couple of hours and found myself down at the Riverside Marina to check out what was happening there. There were ducks and swans of all kinds sounding off and swimming around. This duck caught my eye and I got a few shots of it. I had no idea what it was, until a kind lady with binoculars informed me that it was a canvas-back duck. I took her word for it, and upon arriving home, looked it up in Peterson's Field Guide to the Birds. It appears to be the female Canvas-back duck....at least I think it is. Hope you enjoy it also.....

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Nuclear Winter's Night

As far as photographers go, I guess I could be classified as a more traditional old style guy. It comes with age....Anyway, there is an awful lot of tools available today for photographers who are not necessarily satisfied with "straight up" photography. For the most part, I am reality based, but sometimes I wondered what I would come up with if I let my mind wander a bit. This posting is the result of my "mental ramblings" during one of my bouts of insomnia, when the old head will not lie down, so the body gets up, and its mind over matter. The image is a further progression of my December 6th, 2013 posting below. With the help of PhotoImpact, Corel and Photoshop softwares, I transformed it into this scene. While the original shot of the berries was quite empty, by adding these extra elements, for me, it is even more empty and desolate. Let's hope that events on this old planet never transpire that this sort of scenario becomes a reality....Let's try to get along folks........

Rusty Old Ford...

They're everywhere. If you have done much exploring of the countryside, they will turn up abandoned back in the bush with trees growing up through them. Or they will be lovingly displayed at the various antique auto shows during the summer months. This one was proudly displayed, rust and all, at one such show in Amhurstburg last summer. It sat there amongst all of the other gleaming and finely restored old cars and trucks. It somehow appealed to me as there was something honest about it....here I am, rust, warts and all....take it or leave it. It spoke to me...

Old Style Portrait....

I just finished removing the previous posting "A Nuclear Winter's Night" from a couple of days ago, as upon retrospect, I felt it was a tad depressing. That does not mesh too well with my usual optimistic nature. So instead, I will replace it with this portrait of a lovely young lady that was originally shot in black & white on my Mamiya RB67. If my memory serves me correctly, the top she is wearing is one of her own creations....however, I could be wrong on that. At any rate, it is a bit of an "old time" style portrait, as she is not smiling at all. For me, that is perfectly fine. I would much rather a genuine sober expression any day over a phony smiling one. Hope you enjoy it also.......